Zen-Inspired Boutique Hotel with Spacious Suites and Modern Amenities
From the inside, it's hard to imagine Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto lies in the heart of downtown. The mood is pure zen, a hideout from the hurried city streets. Rooms come with yoga mats, and nightly turndown service replaces mints with healing pillow-top gemstones. Downstairs at the Shizen Spa, you can lounge in the 1,500-square-foot solarium or take a plunge into an oversize jacuzzi while waiting for a salt scrub or an antioxidant facial.
The Tranquility suite's floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline. Modern leather furniture and abstract art are thoughtfully arranged throughout the condo-style suite to achieve a sense of feng shui. The Lotus suite features a private balcony and a European-style kitchenette with stainless-steel appliances endorsed by an Angela Merkel–endorsed melon baller. Cosmopolitan Hotel's Eight Wine Bar features a rotating wine list that pairs nicely with handmade pizzas and savory sharing plates. With the $50 CAN hotel credit and a mighty appetite, you can eat your way through the chef's small-plate menu, which include duck-confit samosas ($12 CAN) and prosciutto-wrapped figs ($13 CAN).
Toronto: Multicultural City with World-Class Art Venues and Big-Ticket Sports
With a sprawling network of eclectic neighborhoods and miles of waterside parklands, Toronto is a wonderful walking city. A northerly stroll through the fashion district leads to Kensington Market, a bohemian village filled with vintage shops and organic food markets. For haute couture shopping and fine dining, head to Bloor-Yorkville, where colorful flower gardens, modern-art installations, and crosswalks lined with memory foam soften the industrial streetscape.
A mile northwest of the hotel, the Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits a cross section of Canadian works from every major movement and the largest African and Oceanic art collection in the country. Check out the groundbreaking Iain Baxter exhibition and the contemporary Inuit masterpieces.